The Discourse of Digital Civic Engagement: Perspectives from the Developing World

Rotimi Taiwo (Editor)
Department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Tunde Opeibi (Editor)
Department of English, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, Nigeria

Series: Electronics and Telecommunications Research
BISAC: TEC041000

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This book is an impressive collection of chapters which investigates the role that digital communication technologies play in political discourse and civic engagement in Nigeria, Africa’s largest democracy. The collection, written by fifteen seasoned African scholars and, drawn from diverse backgrounds approaches digital civic engagement from different perspectives of discourse analysis, such as, critical discourse analysis, corpus-assisted discourse model, socio-semiotic approaches and multimodal discourse analysis, computer-mediated discourse analysis, appraisal theory, as well as sociolinguistic and applied linguistic approaches.

The authors demonstrate how the Internet has become the space for citizens’ participation in the process of democratization, as well as the key driver of change in many developing nations. The process of civic engagement which manifests through the verbal and visual semiotic resources on different social networking spaces, such as online newspapers feedback forums, Facebook, Badoo, Twooo, texting and instant messaging, discussion forums, political cartoons, and Charismatic religious sermons are explored. This book is a must read for researchers who are interested in the discourse of online civic engagement in the developing world.
(Imprint: Nova)

Foreword
(Segun Awonusi)
pp. vii

Preface
pp. ix-xii

Acknowledgments
pp. xiii

Chapter 1
Digital Media and Civic Engagement in Nigeria: A Corpus-Assisted Discourse Study of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s Facebook
(Tunde Opeibi, Department of English, University of Lagos, Nigeria)
pp. 1-34

Chapter 2
Language Use in Crisis Situations: A Discourse Analysis of Online Reactions to Digital News Reports of the Washington Navy Yard Shooting and the Nairobi Westgate Attack
(Innocent Chiluwa & Esther Ajiboye, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria)
pp. 35-56

Chapter 3
A Multimodal Analysis of the Public Discourse of the 2013 University Lecturers’ Strike in Nigeria
(Mohammed Ademilokun, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria)
pp. 57-74

Chapter 4
Sentence Typologies and Civic Engagement in Nairaland Forum
(Yetunde Idehen & Rotimi Taiwo, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria)
pp. 75-90

Chapter 5
The “Eboliticization” of Discourse: Online Legitimations on the Outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa
(Ikenna Kamalu, Department of English Studies, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria)
pp. 91-116

Chapter 6
Finding their Feet: Digital Immigrants in a ‘Natives’ Generation - Contrasting the Use of SMS And IM in Everyday Communication
(Ayo Onanuga & Emmanuel Taiwo Babalola, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, and Federal Universitty, Oye Ekiti, Nigeria)
pp. 117-132

Chapter 7
Visual Representation of Power in Selected Online Nigerian Newspapers' Political Cartoons
(Felicia Oamen & Micheal Olusegun Fajuyigbe, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria)
pp. 133-154

Chapter 8
Personal Branding Styles on Some Social Networking Sites
(Olaosun Ibrahim Esan & Oyebamiji Mojirayo Patricia, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria)
pp. 155-168

Chapter 9
Discourse of Online Preaching: A Stylo-linguistic Analysis of Pastor ‘Tunde Bakare’s Sermons on Religion, Politics and Poverty in Nigeria
(Adegboye Adeyanju, University of Abuja, Nigeria)
pp. 169-186

Chapter 10
The Discursive Features of Nigerian Online Political Cartoons
(Oludele, E. Omobola, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria)
pp. 187-198

About the Authors
pp. 199-201

Index
pp. 203-208

Audience: Linguists, political scientists, discourse analysts, information science specialists, University Teachers and Students, Politicians, Non Governmental Organisations, Media, Government Institutions

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